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Look at the ratings table for your existing benefit.
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If you have an existing rating and you believe that the rated condition is worse
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means seek an increase. Before you do...be sure that you can't lose. Check your current
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Match your physical or mental health status to the ones you find there.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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What you should know
VA is working closely with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners, monitoring an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
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The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.
Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services.
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